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Think of the United States of America and your mind will instantly venture to pictures of tall skyscrapers, the White House, and Central Park. If you were asked to name its cities you would probably roll off New York, Malibu, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. But there’s one little town on the country’s west coast that you should familiarize yourself with: Eugene, Oregon.
Two hours south of Portland lying on the Willamette River, Eugene isn’t as urbane as its northern hipster sister. This is a town of forests, parks, and hiking trails. It’s also making big waves in the ukulele community.
Taking the positive impact of uke music one step further, one of the town’s ukulele clubs is striving to put ukuleles into the hands of teenagers. Endeavoring to promote education through music and encourage public performance, the North Eugene Ukulele Allstars is a troupe of talented players who perform whenever and wherever. The group started back in 2007, when students at North Eugene High School asked their teacher to teach them how to play the ukulele. While those students have now graduated and moved on, what they started still remains in the form of the North Eugene Ukulele Allstars.
And the town’s influence on the ukulele community doesn’t end there.
Another ukulele club, the Ukulaneys, meet on the last Friday of most months at 7:00pm at the Washington Park Community Center at 2025 Washington St. in Eugene. The group welcomes ukulele players of all ages and skill levels. If meeting more like-minded people is what you’re after, The Ukulaneys also host the Eugene UKEtoberFest, an annual event held at the University of Oregon with workshops, concerts and plenty of jamming.
Held around October of every year, UKEtoberFest’s 2018 event will be held alongside the Willamette River in Springfield, Oregon and includes a terrific lineup of performers, instructers and a one-of-a-kind schedule. Those interested in attending should register on UKEtoberFest’s website.
Don’t have a ukulele? Don’t worry. You can build your own in Eugene.
Oregon Ukulele Classes allows you to work with craftsmen to build your own uke. All you need to do is book a class. Once there, you’ll choose your wood and craft your own custom designed tenor ukulele with hands-on instruction from the class’ professional craftsmen.
Classes are held in the Eugene/Springfield area. Cost is $600 and includes your choice of available woods, geared mini tuners, strings, abalone Rosette and fret dots. At the end of six to eight weeks, you’ll have a finished, ready to play uke that you can take home with you.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things ukulele, you’ll find it in Eugene, Oregon.
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